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Emory Edward "Ed" Cooper

Emory Edward "Ed" Cooper
  • October 6, 1943 - October 17, 2019
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • MUSC Children's Hospital Foundation, Pediatric Division
    18 Bee Street, MSC 450
    Charleston, SC 29425
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
    501 St. Jude Place
    Memphis, TN 38105

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“Love you forever ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Sara Cooper - Daniel Island, SC

“Sara,You are in our thoughts and prayers. Ed was an exceptional, kind and loving person. John and I are here for you...Love,Kim & John Fulp ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Kim Fulp - Daniel Island, SC

“Sara, I was saddened to learn of Ed's passing. As you know, he and I spent many hours working together on his medical projects. In the process, we...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Ralph Brice - Charlotte, NC

“Ed was such a wonderful, warm, and generous friend and classmate. It was truly a distinct honor and pleasure knowing him all these many years. Sara,...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Ned and Mary O'Keefe - Alexandria, VA

“Ed was a true Southern gentleman. He possessed a kind and gentle demeanor. He was dedicated to his family. We enjoyed getting together to watch...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Fred & Connie Klare - SC - Friend

“Dearest Sara,Troy and I are so sorry for your loss, but find solace in knowing that Ed is in heaven pain free with our Lord.The Redeemer lives. No...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Joni and Troy McLeod - SC

“Thinking of the family at this sad time. (Schoolmate: Judie Lewis Lassiter) ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“Dearest Sara, children and grandchildren, I t is so hard to receive this news. Ed was God's gift to you and I am certain he felt the same way about...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Jan Tindal - Surf City, NC

“Ed and Sara were a couple that I never had enough time with or saw often enough. What a magnificent, generous, kind, and loving man! This world would...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Austin Blood - Boulder, CO


Emory Edward "Ed" Cooper, 76, of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Sara Richards Cooper passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and friends on Thursday, October 17, 2019. His Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, October 22, 2019 in the Summerall Chapel, The Citadel, 171 Moultrie Street at 2:00 pm. A reception will follow at The Citadel Holliday Alumni House. Inurnment will be at the Citadel Bell Tower at a later date. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Mount Pleasant Chapel.

Ed was born October 6, 1943 in Conway, South Carolina, son of the late Emory Edward Cooper, Sr. and the late Lula Fleetwood Jones Cooper. He graduated from The Citadel, F company, Class of 1965 with a mathematics degree and dedicated his heart, soul, mind and life to the ideals that are The Citadel. He worked as a vice president in commercial construction and was instrumental in designing and building some of the finest medical facilities in the Southeast. Ed was a member of the Brigadiers Club, a life member of The Citadel Alumni Association and a member of the Church of the Holy Cross on Daniel Island.

He is survived by his wife, Sara Cooper of Daniel Island, SC; daughters, Laura Creel Midura (Bryan) of Charlotte, NC and Ashley B. Boyles (Dale) of Birmingham, AL; son, Russell Blankenship (Misti) of Rock Hill, SC; sister, Jackie Steinbrecher of Greer, SC; and his remarkable grandchildren, Ashton Smith, Grayson Smith, Isabella Midura, Olivia Midura and expecting an additional granddaughter, Cooper Blankenship.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to MUSC Foundation for Children's Hospital, 18 Bee Street, MSC 450, Charleston, SC, 29425 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105 www.stjude.org/donate.